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Top 10 Longest Running TV Shows

Monday, April 18th 2011. | Longest

Since inventors found radio signal and people knew how to use camera and send the pictures through wires, television network industries were born. In television history, there are view television shows that are so popular, so addictive, and so influential so that millions people do not want to meet its end.
In the following list, we are going to talk about top 10 longest running TV series in the world.

1. Gun smoke (1955-1975)

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Gun Smoke

In 1952, Gun smoke was a popular radio program. 3 years later, the story of the radio was converted to be a television show and set a huge hit. The 1870s western drama series took set in Kansas. It was running for 635 episodes or 20 years. It is the longest TV series in history after the Simpson and Law and order.

2. Lassie (1954-1972)

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Lassie centers on the figure of a loyal canine and his master, Timmy. Along the shows, 9 different male canines playing Lassie character and all those dogs were the sons and grandsons of the first lassie, Pal. Lassie was running for 588 episodes and because it was so popular, Lassie earned one star on Hollywood walk of fame together with Rin tin tin and Strongeheart

3. Death Valley Days (1952-1970)

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Ronald Reagan

The Death Valley Days was featuring young Ronald Reagan and the story was taken from a radio show that was lasted for 15 years started from 1930-1945. Death Valley Days was running for 18 seasons, 452 episodes, or 18 years.

4. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966)

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet portrayed and televised the live of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in 1952.In this television show, Ozzie play no one but himself and the show was running for 435 episodes. The story of the television movie was taken from a popular radio program in 1944. It was one of the most idolized pop televisions shows in 1950s and it pushed Ozzie to the top of popularity

5. Bonanza (1959-1973)



Bonanza is our first color television shows in the list and it televised the story of Ben Cartwright who owned a ranch in Nevada, The Ponderosa, and his three sons. The western style movie was aired for 430 episodes and was on the top chart of Nielsen rating from 64-67

6. The Simpson’s (1989-Still On Air)


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The Simpson’s is the longest TV shows in the history and it already breaks 20 years on Air in 2009. Matt Groening came with an idea of the Simpson’s in 1989 and he gave the cartoon’s soul with new taste of joke and parody. The Simpson’s has been running for more than 400 episodes and Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie apparently have no schedule yet to stop make people laugh

7. Law & Order (1990-On air)


Law and Order

Law& Order has been running for more than 400 episodes this moment and the fanatic fans still have great passion to update the new episode of it ever week. Law & Order focuses on New York City Police Department and District Attorney’s office and it always features the story with new main characters and talents.

8. My Three Sons (1960-1972)


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My Three sons was running for 12 seasons, 380 episodes or 12 years. The story centers on Steve Douglass and his 3 sons, Mike, Robbie, and Chip. The TV show was running fine for 5 years until Mike, one of the main cast left the show, continuity changed everything and it confuse the movie maker.

9. Dallas (1978-1991)



Dallas was running for 357 episodes and it filmed the life of oil tycoon Ewing, his friends and his family. The most watched episode of the movie was “Who Shot JR”, JR is Ewing’s oldest sons, and “Who done it”, an episode that revealed the actual killer of JR

10.Knots Landing (1979-1993)


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Some said Knots landing is the inspiration of “desperate housewives”. The story centers on Gary Ewing, his families live and his countless conflicts. The Knots landing offered new  stories at the every episode and it kept viewers to come back. Total episode of Knots landing was 344.


Do you agree with me that The Simpson’s is the most favorite Longest running TV series in the world

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